Why does my Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation freezes?

Hello Experts,

I just recently put together a server; this is something that I have done many times. I installed Windows Server 2012 Standard (legal retail version purchased on Amazon for about $699) without any issues at all on an embed RAID controller (Intel motherboard) with a RAID 1 configuration. Everything worked great no issues at all . . . but then I realized that I didn't purchased the latest version of the OS.  I need to install Windows Server 2012 Standard R2.

So I remembered that I have a subscription to Microsoft's Action Pack, and I have a legal copy of Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 through that subscription. I downloaded the ISO and burned it to a DVD. The problem is that the installation screen freezes as soon as the spinning circle appears.

I have tried this several times with different DVD drives, different blank DVDs, burning at different write speeds. I have even tried installing from USB and external DVD drives, but I get the same result.

If I use the DVD I bought from Amazon, it works. It installs Windows Server 2012 Standard. If I use my burned DVD on another computer, it works. It allows me to do the installation.

Summary: Both DVDs are 64 bit. The DVD from Amazon works all the time every time. My burned DVD works on all computers except on this brand new server computer. I have replaced the DVD with a newer one, I have used an external DVD drive, and I have even try to install the server OS from USB without success.

Why does my Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation freezes?
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CompuHeroAsked:
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Rich BullockIT Systems EngineerCommented:
I've had this before - turned out the ISO was corrupt. Try re-downloading the ISO and re-burning your DVD.

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CompuHeroAuthor Commented:
Rich,

That was it. I downloaded a new ISO from the website and it worked. Thank you for taking the time to provide an answer to my question.
Rich BullockIT Systems EngineerCommented:
You're welcome - had me stuck for a good 48 hours before I tried that! Just shows you that TCP/IP isn't perfect when downloading large files!
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